Sheila Landis

The Greatest Hits of Sheila Landis (Penso Que Seja Amor)

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For her second album, Sheila Landis sticks to a musical agenda of her own creation with a play list of nine of her compositions. Also like her first album, most of the material is upbeat (just one ballad), which allows the singer to give her elastic vocal chords full reign. On "Guess I'll Call It Love," she sings, she scats, she chirps, and manages to bring all of them together in a natural, rather than a contrived, manner. It's quite a feat only a few other vocalists can duplicate. Also like her first album, she engages in adventurous improvisations highly influenced by bop. But she doesn't let herself be penned in by any style. A haunting "Mythica" is done obligato, with the voice meshing with the other instruments, especially David Reinstein's flute. This is a highlight track. Landis' lyrics are often quite amusing, especially those where she is on one of her tongue in cheek kicks. One example is "Talk Dirty to Me," which urges her lover to "tell me all the things/your mother told you not to say/even though this sofa's bugged." "Cole's Eye View" pays tribute to Eddie Jefferson and Richie Cole, and comes as close as Landis gets to the vocalese style of which Jefferson created. Cole gets honored with a hard-driving tenor sax solo by Reinstein. He, along with the other Bandits, is evidence of Landis' ability to round up musicians which best compliment her singing style and can deliver on her arrangements. This album was reissued in 2001 as an LP, and is available from SheLan.

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